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In Jane Austin's 'Pride and Prejudice' we are given an insight into pre-nineteenth century love, relationships and marriage.

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Pride and Prejudice Essay In Jane Austin's 'Pride and Prejudice' we are given an insight into pre-nineteenth century love, relationships and marriage. Jane Austin took marriage very serious. In the pre-nineteenth century, the wedding vows were not something to be made a mockery of. The vows were a commitment for life. Till death do we part! In Pride and Prejudice you can see that Mr Bennett did not want to be with Mrs Bennett, because the vows were so important, they had examples to set for their children they stayed married. Divorce was something that was not thought of, even if it was, it was something they would not consider. These days divorce is very common. The laws of the land have made divorce so much easier, that married couples no longer have to make the effort they would have done in the 19th century. ...read more.

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There isn't really a set age, as long as it is legal for the couple to get married. However they're probably a lot of girls that are married in their early twenties, in the post-nineteenth century. In the pre nineteenth century if you had not secured a husband by her mid twenties she risked being a spinster or " old maid." That is why Mrs Bennett was scared if her children were not married off so she was fussy and stuck her nose in her daughters relationships These days people enjoy themselves before they get married. Women were often stigmatised if they could not secure themselves a husband. This would in many cases lead to feelings of inadequacy. These day's people are equal and there is no rush to get married. ...read more.

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The upper class wanted keep the status quo and holds the class structures in place. This wasn't the case for Mr Darcy as he fell for Elizabeth Bennett but she didn't fall for him straight away as he was arrogant but in a way so was Elizabeth and they were both quick to judge. But this was not the first person to offer to marry Elizabeth at first it was Mr Collins but she refused straight away he feels he is doing the Bennett a favour by proposing to Elizabeth but his really not. The first person he offered to marry him was Jane but she is already in love with Mr Bingly so then he proposed to Charlotte Lucas and she accepted as she was afraid she would be left on the shelf and no one would marry her so she offered. ...read more.

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